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Closeup of brain mri scan result 2022 09 16 08 08 02 utcWhen it comes to developing treatments and eventual cures for diseases, being able to diagnose a condition early and accurately makes a huge difference – and scientists have now developed a quick, reliable method of identifying people with Parkinson's disease.

The test can be run in as little as 3 minutes after a skin swab has been taken. The swab is analyzed for changes in the chemical mix of sebum, a natural waxy oil produced by the skin that has previously been linked to Parkinson's.

 

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Cursor and The secrets being revealed by ocean garbage patches BBC FutureThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enormous agglomeration of plastic waste floating in the world's largest ocean, but it's not the only one and now scientists are trying to work out how to clean them up. R Reach Penaflor is a man with a mission. Since 2009, he has been working closely with the River Warriors, a group bent on cleaning up estuaries feeding into the Pasig River, which runs through the Philippines' largest urban area, Metro Manila, and is notorious for its noxious smells. Scientists describe the Pasig as the river most responsible for polluting the marine environment.

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220930122254 02 wasserMicroplastics contaminate the whole planet, from Arctic ice to Mount Everest. The tiny particles, less than 5 millimeters in diameter, are in the air we breathe, and have been found in human placenta, blood and lungs.

Scientists estimate that there are at least 14 million metric tons of microplastics on the ocean floor, and while all kinds of plastic debris are considered bad for the environment, these ones are especially hard to detect and remove because of their minuscule size.

Image: Microplastics lumped together with a silica gel are sieved off from a tank of water. - Courtesy Wasser 3.0 gGmbH

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A new study could recontextualize metastasis in cancerDepositphotosCancer’s ability to spread through the body is one of its most devastating tricks. Scientists at Cambridge have now identified a protein that plays a key role in metastasis, which not only hints at a new potential treatment but reveals for the first time that this process isn’t unique to cancer.

Image: A new study could recontextualize metastasis in cancer - Depositphotos

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The mosquito 2022 02 28 07 06 32 utcScientists have managed to turn one of the deadliest insects into a vaccine delivery system. According to new reports from NPR, a clinical trial for a system meant to use mosquitoes to deliver vaccines has been underway in the United Kingdom. The findings of the trial have been published in Science Translational Medicine.

According to the paper, scientists were able to genetically modify parasites to deliver malaria vaccines through mosquito bites. It’s an intriguing proposition to use mosquitos to deliver vaccines. It sounds horrific on paper and even more horrific when you see the photos featured in a report on the trial from NPR.

 

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Young female radiologist sitting by workplace in f 2022 03 16 03 45 07 utcIf a single medical objective could be applied to the entire range of cancers, it would be detecting the disease as soon as possible. “At the highest level, finding any cancer early gives you the opportunity for curative treatments,” says Andrea Ferris, CEO of research funding organization, LUNGevity. Although the goal of early detection emerged decades ago, much work remains to be done. Low-dose computed tomography (CT) scanning, used to detect lung cancer, has not changed much in the past ten years, and Ferris says that another part of the problem is a lack of public awareness of the “importance of screening and that it can save lives.”

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Agrivoltaics feature 2 dezeen hero2 852x479Next-gen solar parks that enable energy and food production as well as water conservation to work in synergy on the same plot can help to solve solar's growing land-use issue, according to the researchers making them a reality.

"There is this big debate around using land for solar versus using it for agriculture," said Colorado State University researcher Jennifer Bousselot. "And I just roll my eyes because you don't have to pick. They can be combined."

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OceancleanupAfter having impressive success with its second plastic-collecting design, the only way is up for the team at The Ocean Cleanup. To rid our ocean of its largest mass of pollution, the organisation is launching its third and most efficient marine clean-up technology to date. If you’ve visited the Thred website before, chances are you’ve heard us chattering about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP).

Image: Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

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A new, grandiose view of Jupiter's moon Europa. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SWRI / MSSSBeyond Earth, there are likely other oceans in our solar system.

Planetary scientists suspect Jupiter's cracked, ice-blanketed moon Europa harbors a particularly voluminous sea, some 40 to 100 miles deep. Now, for just the third time ever, a spacecraft flew by the icy moon, swooping just 219 miles from Europa's surface. The other two flybys happened over two decades ago. NASA's Juno spacecraft, famous for its dazzling views of Jupiter's roiling clouds, captured some of the clearest images of Europa ever seen, which you can see below.

Image: A new, grandiose view of Jupiter's moon Europa. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SWRI / MSSS

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95ac29 7a40fa82a4d54321bc6755609fc2889a mv2Solar panels are a cornerstone of the clean energy revolution. And yet, they have one great flaw: when the clouds roll in their productivity dives.

Now, a new type of solar panel has been developed by an electrical engineering student at Mapua University that harvests the unseen ultraviolet light from the sun that makes it through even dense cloud coverage.

Image: Carvey Ehren Maigue holding up one of his prototype panels. (CREDIT: James Dyson Foundation)

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